Friday, February 24, 2012

March 3, 2012

Saturday March 3rd is the next Hope Quilters meeting - 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 214.
The agenda includes: the Mercy Hospital Pediatric ICU quilts (we'll continue to sew blocks and construct quilt tops); batting purchase; quilt tops to be quilted and finished; Riverside and Okoboji Bible Camp annual quilt auctions; Cornerstone of Hope Orphanage quilts. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the fellowship. You do not need to be a member of Hope to participate in Hope Quilters. Just a love of quilting or a desire to learn how to make a quilt that will give warmth and comfort to those in need.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Quilt-a-Thon Results

Between Friday and Saturday, 35 people participated in our Quilt-a-Thon to make Ezekiel quilt blocks from scraps. Blocks are being used to make quilts that will be given to Mercy Children's Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

While Mother Nature didn't cooperate with our event - she decided Saturday should be a snow day with six inches of heavy, wet snowfall all afternoon - we're grateful for the 10 hearty Iowa souls who didn't let Mother Nature deter them from joining 12 Hope Quilters for sewing!

Here are a few glimpses of our Friday and Saturday sewers and fabric-cutters with the piles of strips and scraps they turned into 6-1/2" X 6-1/2" Ezekiel blocks.

On Saturday afternoon, we were fortunate to have Jan, from Mercy Children's Center, stop in to see what we were doing. She stayed long enough to learn a little bit about the quiltmaking process, and tell all the quilters, on behalf of Mercy Children's Center, how much they appreciate what we're doing.
Left, in red top: Jan from Mercy Children's Center
Here's how the weekend tallied up.

Between the efforts of 35 guests, and 16 Hope Quilters, 396 Ezekiel blocks were created from small scraps and fabric pieces. Well done! And an extra, special thanks to our visitors who helped!
Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NCV)
Eleven kits were assembled. Each includes: 36 Ezekiel blocks, 60 sashing rectangles and 25 cornerstones. By Saturday, March 3 they'll be returned to Hope Quilters, hopefully as quilt tops.

Many stacks of scraps and partially-sewn "chunks" of fabric remain to be sewn to make more Ezekiel blocks. How do these scraps manage to multiply!? Everyone is invited to return to the next Hope Quilter's Sewing Saturday, March 3, to continue sewing blocks.